In the twenty games Justin Smoak has played in AAA Tacoma since being demoted, he has shown little improvement. He has hit .242 with no homeruns and a 19.5 K%. With the exception of his impressive .390 OBP, Smoak has been completely unimpressive during his minor league stint.
Despite Smoak’s struggles, he has stumbled upon another chance in Seattle due to an injury to Mike Carp. Because of the open spot, Smoak has been recalled to the Mariners where he will try to turn around the .189 batting average he had when he left Seattle for the first time.
Although undeserved, the next few weeks could be Smoak’s last chance with Seattle. His performance may determine his future in the Mariner organization. Smoak’s contract with the team will expire at the end of the season, and if he doesn’t show signs of improvement, the Mariners may choose to move on without the Smoakamotive at first base.
As for Carp, he has suffered from a strained left groin and has been placed on the 15 day DL with expectations to return later this month.
If Smoak has some success in Seattle, expect the Mariners to either demote Carp or an outfielder, likely Trayvon Robinson, once Carp recovers. If Smoak doesn’t earn his spot, expect him to be sent down to Tacoma again.
For Justin Smoak, this has been a huge break and a lucky opportunity. Let’s see if he takes advantage of it.